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 Marie Litta

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Marie Litta

  • Birth 1 Jun 1856 Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 7 Jul 1883 Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Section B
  • Memorial ID 5973

Opera Singer. She was a soprano, who, in a brief career, sang in a number of major venues in America and Europe. Raised in Illinois by a family descended from German nobility, she started vocal training at four, sang for President US Grant at 12, and entered the Cleveland Conservatory of Music in 1872. She continued her training in London in 1874, and made her professional debut at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1876. Miss Litta made her Paris bow in 1878 (it was then that she changed her name in deference to French sensitivity over the Franco-Prussian War), then returned to Chicago, making her debut there on December 2, 1878, as the title heroine in Donizetti's "Lucia Di Lammermoor". Miss Litta sang with the Strakosch and Henry L. Slayton Opera Companies, and toured the United States and Canada in both opera (often as Lucia) and concerts. Never in very good health, she returned home after her final performance in Escanaba, Michigan, on May 9, 1883. She is thought to have died of chronic meningitis. Today, Bloomington, Illinois, has a park named in her honor.

Bio by: Bob Hufford

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  • Added: 24 Jul 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5973
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marie Litta (1 Jun 1856–7 Jul 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5973, citing Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .